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Full text of "Further Sources Of Vijayanagara History"

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50-51. The armies of the prince began to move shaking even
the unshakable earth with chariots, horses, rutting ele-
phants and infantry, swallowing up the quarters with the
clouds of dust (raised by their march), and bringing
down the prosperity of enemy (Kings); the forces
moved about here and there as if in search of the
scattered footsteps of Andhra women hidden (in the
recesses) of mountains and forests.
52.    The army with its flags hoisted, swords  flourished, and
the noises of drums and conches accompanied by a
medley of neighbours and trumpetings, quickly and
completely surrounded the city of the Andhra king.
53.    This roused the manliness of the Turuskas who swiftly
mounted their horses and began a deadly fight with
their bows, and shook the van of the enemy's forces.
54.    Then the battle grew by steps in intensity and swords and
arrows were freely employed; and there was much
playful talk about heroic deeds bringing pleasure to the
rising bosoms of celestial damsels.
55.    The battle-field strewn all over with the broken blades of
swords looked like a bed made of blue lilies closely
spread for the goddess of valour (to lie on).
56.    The Turuskas being thrown up into the sky by elephants
which resembled the peaks of the Mandara mountain,
looked like the heavenly Granga in their descent, and
thus they carried on a novel (kind of) warfare,
57.    The  blood  gushing forth from  the neck of the Yavana
from which the head had been cut off resembled a tongue
of the vital flame awaiting the vital airs released by the
blow of the sword.
58.    With the fallen heads of the enemies dancing about like
balls of ruby.........the goddess of victory (fragment).
59.    (Abstract) Kandarpa and Isvara's son (Skanda) can alone
rival Bukka in his